I'm working on a graphic novel project. I have a custom-made font which includes variant characters for each lower-case and upper-case alphabet letter.
To try and make the font look less fontlike, I've been substituting glyphs in words that have many repeated letters (such as the phrase, "repeated letters").
It's tedious as can be to individually insert the variant glyphs... a maddening task.
Is there any way I can program the type tool to rotate through the variants... for example, in the word "repeated," could I program it to use e 1, e 2 and e 1 in the three "e"s of the word?
This is probably just a pipe dream, but I felt it was worth asking. I've got 192 pages to glyph, and it looms as a dismal task doing it one-by-one.
Unfortunetaly, InDesign's scripting language (my personal choice to solve your average ID problems) cannot handle custom font glyphs in a font in a reliable way.
Can you tell some more about this font, even though it is custom made for you? Does, for example, only allow access to these extra glyphs using the Glyphs panel, or can you also use native Opentype features such as Stylistic sets or Contextual Alternates? (In fact you might want to ask your font provider about this, because if it *does*, one or more GREP styles in your paragraph styles may do wonders in this case!)